For this special issue, Dan Coyle has composed a double acrostic filled with Christmas themes from a variety of literary sources. To solve the puzzle, (1) read each clue and (2) write each answer onto the blank spaces (located next to the clues). Then, turn to the diagram and (3) transpose the letters from the answers onto the squares following the numbers and letters indicated in each square.

When all the squares are filled, a quotation from a book, familiar to many, will appear. What is the quotation and from which work was it taken? (Hint: The initial letters of the answers to the clues spell out the last name of the author, then the title of the book from which the quotation was taken.)

All entries (one per person) must be clearly written and mailed to: Book Bag, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 20071, and must include complete return address and competition number or issue date. The winning entries will be the first six correct answers drawn at random. Employes of The Washington Post Company and their families are not eligible to enter. Entries must be received no later than December 17th. The winners' names and cities of residence will be announced in the December 27th issue. A Washington Post Book World book bag will be sent to each of the six winners.